WCHRI Engaging social actors in health research Lunch & Learn: "Partnering with bereaved parent advocates and families in substance use research and drug policy reform”

Friday, March 15, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Across Canada, bereaved parents and family members are increasingly visible as stakeholders in public discussions of substance use and drug policy reform. While research and policy initiatives have recently included people who use substances, the involvement of parents and other family members has historically been excluded.

In 2016, researchers embarked on an engaged scholarship project with members of Moms Stop the Harm, mumsDU and the Voice of the Family; three prominent Canadian parent advocacy organizations representing families who have been impacted by substance use. Our team has worked to define a common research and knowledge translation agenda and in 2017, we conducted qualitative interviews with 43 bereaved mothers across Canada, detailing their experience with drug policy advocacy.

Objective of this session is to reflect on:

  • The role of research team members
  • The benefits and challenges of partnership
  • Key insights on the meaningful inclusion of family members as stakeholders in substance use research and drug policy reform

Date: March 15
Time: noon–1 p.m.
Location: ECHA 4-036

Presented by:

  • Heather Morris, registered nurse with a masters in nursing and PhD student in the School of Public Health
  • Petra Schulz, master of education and co-founder of Moms Stop the Harm, a network of Canadian families whose loved ones have died from drug related harms or struggle with substance use 

Pizza lunch provided. Register today!

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This session is part of the WCHRI Lunch & Learn theme for the year, with sessions related to community and patient engagement. This WCHRI Lunch & Learn workshop series will introduce our members to a number of research projects that have effectively engaged different social actors (patients, community organizations, community members, clinicians, decision/policy makers) as active partners in research.

The workshops in this series are interactive, with two primary aims: 1) to discuss the process of working together with different social actors in health research, and 2) to present the outcomes of such a research approach.